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School of Human Ecology

Human Ecology Faculty and Staff

About the School of Human Ecology

The School of Human Ecology has a rich history at Tennessee Tech. Over the years we have evolved from a School of Home Economics to the name of “Human Ecology”.

The School of Human Ecology (founded in 1916 as the Domestic Science Department) has 1,800-plus alumni. We seek to promote a strong academic environment so that our graduates are prepared for careers in one or more of the diverse fields of human ecology.

The Profession of Human Ecology

Human Ecology is the study of the relationship between individuals, families and communities and the environments in which they live. The field represents many content areas including: child development and family relations; child life; food, nutrition and dietetics; family and consumer sciences education; housing and design; and merchandising and design. Students learn, through theory and practice, how to provide a better quality of life for individuals throughout the life span. Students majoring in Human Ecology at Tennessee Tech receive practical experience in professional settings such as practicum, field experiences, and/or internships. Read this brochure for more information on the strategic direction of our accrediting agency, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Facts about the School of Human Ecology

Licensing and Credentialing

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD): For the time period 2008-2018, 168 students graduated from the Tennessee Tech DPD program with a Verification statement. Of these, 91 (of 168) applied to a supervised practice program (internship) within 12 months of their graduation for an application rate of 54%.

DPD Results: Of the 91 students who applied for supervised practice within 12 months of graduation, 61 were accepted for a graduate acceptance rate of 67%. The national average for acceptance into a dietetic supervised practice program is currently 56%. Other students who applied to graduate school first or waited longer than 12 months to apply are not included in this analysis.

Registered Dietitian Exam Pass Rate, Tennessee Tech School of Human Ecology

 

Testing Year # of Students taking exam #Passed % Passed
2018 4 2 50
2017 4 3 75
2016 9 9 100
2015 5 4 80
2014 3 3 100
2013 3 3 100
Total 28 24 86

 

The ACEND benchmark for first time test takers over a five-year period is 80%.

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Family and Consumer Science Education

Students Licensed as Family and Consumer Science Teachers

 

 Year # of Students
 2008-2009 8
 2010-2011 6
2012-2013 6
Post Bac Students in 2012 3
2013-2014 6
Post Bac Students in 2014 2
2015 1
2016 0
2017 2
2018 3
Total Licensed Teachers 37

 

Graduation Rates of First Time Freshmen, 6-year Rate

 

 Human Ecology (HEC) Fall 2010 Cohort Fall 2011 Cohort Fall 2012 Cohort Fall 2013 Cohort
Enrolled in HEC 20 15 18 12
Graduated from Tennessee Tech 14 (70%) 8 (53%) 12 (66.6%) 5 (46.1)
 TTU 6 Year Rate  51.1% 49.4%    

 

•Average graduation rate from Human Ecology, over past 5 cohorts: 
• Average graduation rate from Tennessee Tech, over past 5 cohorts: 50%

Enrollment

 

 Unit  Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 Fall 2017 Fall 2018
 Human Ecology (total) 263 252 259 257 242 240
Housing 31 27 20 31 24 39
Merchandising 36 36 34 33 32 33
Child Dev/ Fam Rel 102 80 76 75 92 84
 HEC Education 13 11 9 7 9 4
Nutrition and Dietetics 80 72 82 69 46 44
Child Life 0 26 37 40 33  32
 Foodsystems Administration 0 0 0 0 6  4

 

Retention Rates for First Time Freshmen

Fall 2017 Cohort

•School of Human Ecology: 20 enrolled, 18 continued in unit to second fall = 90% 
•Tennessee Tech Retention Rate: 76.1%

Fall 2016 Cohort
•School of Human Ecology: 23 enrolled, 15 continued in unit to second fall = 65.2% 
•Tennessee Tech Retention Rate: 78.5%

Fall 2015 Cohort
•School of Human Ecology: 25 enrolled, 19 continued in unit to second fall = 76% 
•Tennessee Tech Retention Rate: 79%

Fall 2014 Cohort
•School of Human Ecology: 31 enrolled, 26 continued in unit to second fall = 83.8% 
•Tennessee Tech Retention Rate: 74.6%

Fall 2013 Cohort 
•School of Human Ecology: 26 enrolled, 15 continued in unit to second fall = 67%
•Tennessee Tech Retention Rate: 75.7%

Fall 2012 Cohort 
•School of Human Ecology: 27 enrolled, 19 continued in unit to second fall = 70.3%
•Tennessee Tech Retention Rate: 74.6%

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